Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH.

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Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH.

The Leica Super-Elmar-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. will help you capture the expansiveness of space like few other tools. Nominally larger than a standard lens, it boasts an extreme angle of view of up to 100 degrees and reaches far into the field of super wide angle lenses, at the same time guaranteeing the outstanding lens qualities that are typical for Leica. The Leica Super-Elmar-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. broadens the horizon not only in architecture and landscape photography but in many other areas as well.

Excellent performance and compact design

Due to a patented, space-saving, yet extremely effective lens hood, this lens successfully merges wide-angle photography with the very best of optical quality and compact design. Its retrofocus-like architecture features eight lens elements, one of which boasts two aspherical surfaces to ensure outstanding image quality, even at open aperture.

The Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH. not only offers optimum image performance, it has compact dimensions - for its focal length - and provides all Leica M users with an economical introduction to super wide-angle photography.

The essentials:

  • Diagonal picture angle: 100 °
  • Working range: 0.7 m to infinity
  • Largest scale: 1: 34.6
  • Number of lenses/groups: 8/7
  • Length * 1: 58 mm
  • Weight * 1: 310g
  • Lens hood: can be screwed on
  • Filter/filter thread: E77
  • Made in Germany


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  • Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical)
  • For 35 mm:
    100°, 90°, 67° 
  • Optical design
  • Number of lenses/groups:
    8 / 7
  • Focal length:
    18.3 mm
  • Position of entrance pupil:
    19.8 mm (related to the first lens surface in light direction)
  • Distance setting
  • Focusing range:
    0.7 m to infinity
  • Scales:
    Combined meter/feet graduation
  • Smallest object field:
    827 mm x 1241 mm (35 mm)
  • Largest reproduction ratio:
  • Aperture
  • Setting/Function:
    With click-stops, half values available, manual diaphragm
  • Lowest value:
    16 / Number of blades: 9
  • Bayonet:
    Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6 bit lens identification bar code for digital M models
  • Filter mount/Lens hood :
    Male thread, non-rotating and with stop for filter holder or lens hood; Accessory filter holder for E77 filters available / Separate, screw-on type, included in delivery
  • Dimension and weight
  • Length:
    58 mm (2.28 in)
  • Largest diameter:
    61 mm (2.4 in)
  • Weight:
    Approx. 310 g (10.93 oz)

Lens, lens hood screwed on, cover for lens hood, lens rear cover

Limited Warranty:
Leica Camera AG (‘LEICA’) provides a three-year product limited warranty for this LEICA camera valid from the date of purchase from an authorized LEICA dealer, including the accessories contained in the original packaging, which are valid for two years.